2 Kings 1:2
And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.
Some golf fans love Phil, but hate Tiger. Others have loved Tiger for over two decades and have hated Phil for just as long. The games of the two golf legends are directly in opposition. Mickelson has made of career of being carefree, reckless and unafraid of a course’s dangers. Tiger has always methodically broken down the course’s setup because he knew his superior talent didn’t need any gimmicks. The golf fan tends to relate to one style over another.
The late 1800’s preacher Martin Knapp who was central in the “holiness movement” wrote that “Men love the gods that are most like unto themselves, so it is not surprising to see Ahaziah sending to this miserable Philistine god.” Consider the truths of this statement. We try and put God into a box to fit our situation or need at the current point in our life. However, our God is holy, sovereign and righteous and cannot be molded.
The Bible is full of instances where little “g” gods are summoned to meet the unholy needs of the unrighteousness. Many times, we catch ourselves attempting to reach out to our God in matters in which we know are not accordingly to his will. This prayers are misguided. The believer will only receive comfort and guidance when we align our life with what is written in the Word of God. We attempt to justify our actions with worldly standards. Christ is the only provision who can truly heal the sick, comfort the heartbroken, and direct and save the lost. Ironically, it is the “god” of the world who led us unto our misdirection. The lost set upon this path because it is relatable, enjoyable and able to be molded to fit convenience.
The believer accepts and has the saving knowledge of our righteous God. His convicting power is a saving power. His saving power is in direct opposition to the wants of the world. It does not lead to temporary fixes which cannot sustain. We are promised in Philippians 4:19 that, “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” No matter the need and irrespective of our circumstance, our God is able. Let us claim these riches as they are written in His word and as they are given to us newly each day by the Holy Spirit.